Ending sentences with a preposition …

My favorite birthday card of all time had the following exchange between two high school girls:

First girl:  Where’s your birthday party at?

Second girl:  You shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition.

First girl:  Where’s your birthday party at, brat?

Friends, there are a million myths about the rules of writing.  One such myth involves the supposed prohibition against ending sentences with a preposition.  Here is what the Chicago Manual of Style has to says about that “rule”:

The traditional caveat of yesteryear against ending sentences with prepositions is, for most writers, an unnecessary and pedantic restriction.  As Winston Churchill famously said, “That is the type of arrant pedantry up with which I shall not put.”  A sentence that ends in a preposition may sound more natural than a sentence carefully constructed to avoid a final preposition.  Compare Those are the guidelines an author should adhere to with Those are the guidelines to which an author should adhere. The “rule” prohibiting terminal prepositions was an ill-founded superstition.

Because I can’t say it any better than that, that is all for now …

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